Get on the right track . . . . .

Posted: February 10, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, folks, no one can say it hasn’t been an eventful week here in the Grand Duchy and amid the myriad activities, we heard from our good pals Johnny99, DJ Leyton Rocks, The Vikster and, not forgetting, the most esteemed Arfa Pinetop, who stopped by with gems from his trawls around the charity shops and offered us his latest ‘Three From Me’. Just when we had managed to squeeze in a little time to go rummaging in the Cruising Library for lost (or just mislaid) musicalCruising #2023 treasures. This week our rummaging presented a couple of originals of songs covered by the Spencer Davis Group, including the Jackie Edwards song ‘Somebody Help Me’ which appeared on the UK Sue Record label by The Jaybirds, and the Malibus and their 1965 Sure Shot single ‘Strong Love’.

If you were at Ronnie Scott’s on Sunday then we might have seen you there too for a much awaited London gig by the wonderful Charlie Wood. . . . and good stuff it was too. So, we took the opportunity to reprise our favourite track from his 2014 album ‘Barcelona – Memphis’ along with the Mr Hurricane Band and ‘Tired Sad & Lonely’. But first, we kicked off down the road in the company of Billy Bizarre and his take on ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and followed fast with the first single release by The Rolling Stones . . . . . their cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Come On’.

Cruising for the city limits . . . . . Charlie Wood Barcelona-Memphis
Billy Bizarre – The House Of the Rising Sun
Come On – The Rolling Stones
No More Heroes – Night Trains
Somebody Help Me – The Jaybirds
Strong Love – The Malibus
Tired Sad & Lonely – Charles Wood with Mr Hurricane Band
Clean Up Woman – Al Kooper
Whirlwind – Barrett Strong
Think It Over – The Harvey Averne Dozen
Miles Away – The Butlers

Three From Me . . . . with Arfa PinetopMeena
Long Tall Sally – Barbara Green
Waiting For A Train – Boz Scaggs
Pack Fair & Square – J Geils Band

Cruising down the road apiece . . . .
Each Day – Ann Cole
Bad Man Of Missouri – Jimmy Ricks & The Suburbans
Coming Home Baby – El Chicano
If You Had A Diamond – Meena
Gotta A Man In The ‘Bama Mines – Merline Johnson

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny AlphaSam The Sham
What Now – Marion Black

Cruising for the city lights . . . . .
Take A Heart – The Sorrows
Itchycoo Park – The Small Faces
Wondrous Place – Billy Fury
Li’l Red Riding Hood – Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
Get On The Right Track – Titus Turner
Teenage Letter – Big Joe Turner
Back In The USA – MC5

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week, turned the spotlight on Austrian guitarist and blues singer, Meena Cryle. She’s released three albums to date and we chose her track ‘If You Had A Diamond’ from her 2012 album ‘Feel Me’. Meanwhile, our weekly dip into the scratchy blues bag found a little gem from Merline Johnson. Now, there’s not a lot known about her, but her recordings show she specialised in juke joint blues and a few risque songs. We chose something she recorded in 1937 for the Conquerer label, called ‘Gotta A Man In The ‘Bama Mines’ . . . . which we enjoyed here.

Now, whether it was meticulous planning or incredible luck, but we arrived back home safe and sound, with plenty more music in the pending tray for next week . . . . and if you have nothing better to do with your time, look out for the Cruise Mobile, same time same place next week, because we’ll definitely be swinging by with a seat saved especially for you. But, we’re hoping you have a great week and until the next time we go Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . have fun!


  1. The Vikster says:

    Aw over too soon and I still had 2 more shirts to iron…! The Marion Black track was particularly good and very much enjoyed the Girl and Guitar feature and scratchy blues number too as it happens.

  2. The Shake says:

    Great stuff mate. A great version of the Stranglers one. Never thought the Stranglers tunes could be soulful.

  3. Damon says:

    Good show Commish

  4. Auburn Phantom says:

    Well done TC

  5. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Another gripeless show Emp. but had to laugh as I was reading without me bins and read gems as germs! Well this can’t carry on. I never thought I’d be saying this, but a request for JM’s “Tribute to JB Lenoir” please . . . . at least I’ll have something to moan about, even though it’ll be of me own doing!

    Don Fardon certainly had a distinctive voice. Did he not do “Indian Reservation”? Great stuff . By the way, who was that bloke on 3 from me? Very common, one wouldn’t want the likes of him as a neighbour.

    Have you heard of American comedian (from the South) Reginald D Hunter? Spends a lot time over here on lots of shows “Have I got news for you” etc. Anyhow, he has a show re: the music of the South on BBC2 soon. The worrying thing is on the trailer he mentions Country, Rock and HIP HOP AAGH but no mention of Blues!!! But I’m sure there will be.

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      You really should stay on your medication . . . or it has distinct effects on your natural personality! I’ll accept your comments as “could have done worse”! Enjoyed your 3 from me, even though I’d heard it previously. 🙂

      You are right about Don Fardon, and he produced a few solo efforts that are well worth a listen too.

      Your pleadings re: JM are noted, but I’m not sure I could bring myself to play that track . . . not after what The Samaritans said last time!

      I’ll check out that BBC show. If its they guy I’m thinking of, he’s a bit of a dry wit.

      BluesFest at O2 this year not RAH. Not overly impressed with initial names mentioned, but we’ll see what comes up later.

      Have fun!

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